The Natural History Museum's Ichthyology collection contains nearly three million catalogued specimens (171,000 lots, including 224 holotypes, and 8,515 paratypes). Catalogued data records for the ichthyology collection are searchable at VertNet and at FishNet2. Inquiries about specimen loans, and requests for radiographs or collection data may be sent to Collections Manager Rick Feeney. The Section of Ichthyology will consider loan requests from individuals engaged in scientific study of specimens. Loans will be made to the individual's institution, and to the supervising professor in the case of requests from graduate students. Loans are typically made for a period of 12 months, and may be renewed.